Produced by: Katy Loebrich and Morgan Potts // Videographer: Jonathan Duran
The North Beach Sun
Drawing from his intense passion (perhaps… obsession) for photography, Daniel's life + work centers around pursuing the mastery of photographic storytelling. He is a descendant of 9 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Keepers, and has deep roots in the Hatteras community. Fueled by his love of the ocean and surfing, he began to pursue his passion for art and photography in his teens. By his 20’s Daniel had gained notoriety for his unique style: a marriage of fine art, surf, and documentary photography. As a result of his success, in 2003, he founded Pullen Art & Photography, a business blending surf art & documentary photography with professional event and freelance photography. In 2016 Daniel opened “The Gallery” a studio featuring the best of his work, and a space for people to gather, discuss, and appreciate photography. In 2014, he began teaching 1:1 and group photography workshops. The result has been a new-found passion for teaching, and in 2018 he launched his first year-round workshop schedule. Daniel is proponent of art education, and he regularly volunteers his time and expertise with local non-profit organizations, such as, Outer Banks Community Foundation, Hatteras Island Youth Foundation, Little Pink Houses of Hope, Hatteras Cancer Foundation, Dare County Schools, Young Life, and Dare County Parks & Recreation. He served two years on the Board of Directors for the Dare County Arts Council. In 2016 he completed, Foundation Workshop, the world’s most intense wedding photojournalism workshop, as well as David Alan Harvey’s Storytelling workshop in Puerto Rico. He was selected as Dare County Artist of the Year in 2018, and was He is set to publish his second book, “The Independent Waterman" soon.
Daniel's Exhibit "The Independent Waterman" is on display at The Graveyard of the Museum in Hatteras Village through 2019. His photo-talk "Hurricanes" will resume at the museum in 2020. See Museum Website for details.
Daniel and his wife Kate live in Buxton, with their two children Jackson (16) and Makenzey (14) and four legged children Walter, Gerty, Crimson, Kiah, and Willow.
is a photographer, writer, and designer. After managing the business for several years, Kate began shooting professionally with Daniel in 2005. She graduated from the Friends World Program of Long Island University in 2000 after studying in NY, East Africa, Central America and Middle East. She worked as an environmental education director in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, before moving to Hatteras Island. Since living on the Outer Banks, Kate has been a part-time free-lance writer, educator, designer, musician, and park ranger. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Dare County Arts Council and served as Vice-President and President of the Outer Banks Wedding Association. Kate is a long-distance competitive runner and the Cross Country and Track & Field coach at Cape Hatteras Secondary School.
Brooke's outgoing personality, incredible talent, and love of photography make her an indispensable part of our team. She studied photography, Spanish, and public relations at Appalachian State University. Before moving to Hatteras, she worked as a Media Relations Associate with Samaritans' Purse in Boone, N.C. She is in her fourth year of teaching Spanish at Cape Hatteras Secondary School, and is on the board of directors of Na'atik Language and Culture Institute, in Mexico. (https://www.naatikmexico.org)
Brooke lives on Hatteras Island with her husband Jerry, and together they lead Young Life Hatteras. Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, Brooke treasures her role as mom to her ever amazing cat-child "Skunk."